This week, every movie studio is likely scrambling to figure out how to replicate Black Panther's success. As Marvel's main rival in the realms of comics and movies, all eyes are on Warner Bros, home of the live-action DC superhero movies, in particular. Here's a pro tip: The answer is not Cyborg. Nor is it John Stewart, the Green Lantern best known from the Justice League animated series. What the WB needs is an Icon.
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Over the last few months, development studio Telltale Games have been radically re-configuring key parts of the Batman mythos to give players a shockingly different take on the Dark Knight. It all comes to a head in the final chapter of Batman: The Telltale Series, which puts a capstone on a very good portrayal of Bruce Wayne.
I've been listening to John Williams' soundtrack for the old Superman film a lot, ever since I wrote this post about a mash-up video for Kal-El's appearance on Supergirl season two. But I've been listening to it very differently.
For the most part, Luke Cage stands apart from most of the other Marvel superhero adaptations. Created and executive produced by Cheo Hodari Coker, it uses its setting and its main character as a conduit to a specific cultural history and a set of experiences, and that makes Luke Cage unique among all of Marvel's live-action properties. It's one of the series' biggest strengths -- and here's what else we loved about the show, too.
Some superheroes' personalities change over time, especially when many creators work on them over decades of publishing history. But this also creates a multiplicity of possible interpretations for these characters, too. Let's see what the most telling moments from Luke Cage's long superhero career actually say about him as a person.
After watching the first seven episodes of the Luke Cage Netflix series, I can confidently say that that its lead character doesn't always feel like the Power Man who's shown up in decades of Marvel comics. But, as this spoiler-free review will show, I like him anyway. This Luke Cage is still an everyman superhero that works as a conduit to a multiplicity of black experiences.
The rapper/actor also known as Curtis Jackson may be cooking up an action show that sounds a whole lot like Luke Cage, but his four-year-old son wanted his daddy to turn into a DC Comics hero for his birthday party. So Fiddy became Cyborg. Cue the white noise blasters.
Twenty two years ago, fans fell in love with a TV version of Ben Edlund's The Tick, charmed by the show's loopy self-aware superhero send-ups. Fifteen years ago, fans cheered for a live-action version of the Tick starring the too-perfect Patrick Warburton. This year, we get a new Tick for a new landscape, and I'm already hooked.
Suicide Squad finally opened in theatres last week, charting impressive box-office numbers but less-than-stellar critical response. A bunch of Gizmodo folks at went to see the movie over the weekend and, like lots of viewers, came away with nagging feelings that the movie could have been... well, better. Here are our thoughts on how we would have changed Suicide Squad.
We've seen a glimpse of Peter Serafinowicz in the weirdly textured super-suit. We've heard from creator Ben Edlund about why he's coming back to his signature creation. Now, we're getting a look at Arthur, the main villain and some other heroes in Amazon's new Tick series. It all looks goofy as heck.
OK, yes, the set of Suicide Squad was host to a lot of dumb, weird, gross shenanigans. If you've been following accounts of Jared Leto's descent into douchey method-bro madness to play the Joker, it might make sense that for Will Smith to say, "I straight-up do not like that dude," and, "He's an ass." But, contrary to a quote making the rounds this morning, the veteran under Deadshot's mask didn't utter any such thing.
Ben Edlund has a great laugh. Several of them, actually. One of them sounds like the sarcastic giggle of a skinny kid who used to insult his tormentors in ways that they wouldn't even understand. There's another kind of tittering that rings with nostalgia, as he thinks about elements from previous adaptations of The Tick. The laughter I heard the most was the excited cackle that came up when he discussed his new plans for his signature creation.
Chadwick Boseman thought he already had a sense of how significant the Black Panther is to the fans who love him. But it wasn't until Saturday afternoon, while he was on stage at the Marvel Studios panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, that he got hit with the full weight of the love and enthusiasm surrounding T'Challa. Those same fans are trying to help Boseman embody the role in the best way possible.